India v Pakistan, World T20 warm-up, Colombo

Rohit backs India's bowling unit

Abhishek Purohit in Colombo

September 17, 2012

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Rohit Sharma pulls a ball to the boundary, India v Pakistan, World Twenty20 warm-ups, Colombo, September 17, 2012
Rohit Sharma: "We had an off day today. I am sure we will come hard against Afghanistan and [do well] from there on." © AFP
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India's bowlers lost the second warm-up Twenty20 from a strong position against Pakistan, but Rohit Sharma does not believe the side's attack is a concern ahead of the World Twenty20. Rohit pointed out that the same bowlers had defended a much lower total against Sri Lanka in the first warm-up match on Saturday.

"It was one of those bad days, I would say," Rohit said. "If you look at the last game against Sri Lanka, the bowlers got plenty of wickets. We defended a low score on that track, 145-odd runs. It was not a par score [for that track] yet the bowlers defended that. Yes, we had an off day today. I am sure we will come hard against Afghanistan and [do well] from there on."

Rohit and Virat Kohli had made fifties to lift India to 185 for 3, which Rohit felt was a decent score on the Premadasa pitch, but barring R Ashwin, who took 4 for 23, all the India bowlers were wicketless and expensive. "The track was very good to bat on. As you saw, more than 180 runs were scored in both the innings. It was a typical Sri Lankan wicket; if you bat well and apply yourself, you will get runs here. It was a good target I felt on this track, because I thought there was a little bit of help for the spinners. But it was one of those days where things didn't come together.

"We still have one more day before our actual game on 19th, so we will see how we should come back. It is not the end, it is just the start. Still a long way to go in the tournament, unfortunately things didn't go our way today."

Rohit said despite it being a warm-up game, India had come out wanting to win it. "We were very focussed. We were quite intense in the field. It's just that our bowling didn't click together, which is a little bit frustrating because if you want to win the game everything has to click together. Our bowlers did a pretty good job in the first warm-up game when we defended 145 on that flat track. I don't want to take any credit away from them. They have been bowling really well. I am sure they will come on well as the tournament progresses."

Batting is certainly India's strength, but the openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir haven't had a decent outing in both warm-up games. Rohit backed the experienced duo to come good. "Getting a good start is important. They have been batting really well, there is no doubt about that. I am sure that in the coming games, when the actual tournament starts, they will come good. They have experience playing in these conditions and it is just a matter of one game, and we are right in it after that."

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Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

The very next Pk match vs Eng proves the point that IND bowling is extremely pathatic bcz they conceded 180to Pk pathetic batting (who hardly score over 130 & scored only 90 vs Eng & 70vs Aus in last T20)...................& Pk bowling is exceptional as they conceded only 110 to good English batting.........................Whenever Pk plays against any team except Ind it turns out to be low scoring game but whenever Ind plays it turns out to be high scoring game in spite of the fact that they play on similar tracks................Reason is Ind's v weak bowling & V strong batting & vice vers for PK

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

This match was the best example of how to compare apples against apples...................Harbhajan, Ashwin & Ajmal 3 off spiners played this game on same track ....but we cannot compare Ajmal here with other 2 bcz he faced different batting attack but now we r surely justified to compare Ashwin & Bhaji coz they played on same pitch vs same batting challenge & bowled in nearly same stage of the match & the difference eb/w the 2 is daylight..........Ashwin conceded 23 @ 5 rpo whereas Bhaj 41 @ 10 rpo.......................Debate is over ..........Ashwin 2 times economical than Bhaji ............PERIOD

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

@Nampally............I have been reading your comments..U come up with coments after doing research & hence so your comments mostly make sense as they do here

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

@praveen the main problem with Indian bowling is their bowling strategy ....................Yes having some exceptional bowling talent like Stein, Malinga, Ajmal is an asset but most teams do well enough & defend par scores with even mediocre bowling lineup like in Asia cup in Bangladsh's 4 matches Ban conceded 240+ score only once against Ind despite having limited bowling capability......................If u look at the boulndaries that r scored against Ind then u will figure out that 50 % of those r scored of full toses & edges.......& even in death overs E/R for full toss is 2.5 runs per ball whereas for pitches balls is 1 run............so it proves one should never ball full toss...........Yes for pitched balls u need finer 3rd man always in place (so should Ind do) to avoid edges going for boundaries as most boundaries of pitches balls is scored of edges in death overs........

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 18, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@ To all my Indian brothers....I am putting in an effort in form of discussion only to find out how much more better our bowling can be made, but never mean to say we have bad bowling. We are okay in bowling. We could defend 146, bowling out SL to 120. Even though it's warm up match bowlers did well. But against Pak they gave too many runs , and even pitch assisted in batting. But all that apart still our bowling can be strengthened, so we need to discuss and hopefully it moves BCCI to rethink and send players whom Dhoni and team management needs and even Dhoni can rethink about his team formation he has been doing.

Posted by Nampally on (September 18, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Indian bowling is the weakest of all the ODI Nations. Bowling in T-20 requires special skills and Indian Selectors should have considered the 2012 IPL stats. in selecting the bowlers. Bowlers like Murali Kartik, Rahul Sharma, D.Kulkarni, P.Kumar, A.Nehra, Munaf patel are the preferred ones for the T-20. Balaji bowls mainly at 120 KPH with no control on either length or direction.His preference over the above mentioned seamers is irrational. Harbhajan is already past his best in all formats. P.Chawla had the worst record even in recent IPL who kept the batsman confused whether to hit him for 6 or 4!. India still has a chance to recall Rahul, Munaf & Kartik for Chawla, Harbhajan & Balaji to put up a reasonable bowling on the field. If they wish to proceed with the present squad, then Ashwin, Sehwag & Dinda should be the bowlers supporting ZAK & Irfan. Sehwag is better than Bhaiji but ignored by Dhoni.Even Young Aparajith is good.Batting alone Never wins T-20. India must get REAL!.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Indian selection is worse than Pakistans!!! WHERE IS NEHRA? WHERE IS PRAVEEN KUMAR? take out ZAK and what about Munaf where's he? Indian bowling could be just as paks if they make those changes!!!!

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (September 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

@Hommi : I said it could be possible that Indian bowlers bowled not so well on purpose, and keyword is :possible". If other teams can hide their main bowlers by not playing them in warm-up matches for reasons 1) not expose them to opposition 2) risk them getting injured, why cannot India apply this thoery. During post match interview Dhoni did mention he could have also bowled Kohli, Raina or Sehwag but he did not. It is known in past that during soccer warm up matches before world-cup teams play below par to make opposition complacent and overconfident.These same bowlers or similar bowlers have defended 130 odd scores also in past. So I was just mentioning it as a possibility only not a sure thing. As for your IPL comment bieng substandard, 80% same players who play in IPL also play for their country and suddenly standard becomes high. Is it case of sour grapes with you, but just because its IPL you would want to feel it substandard so you can feel good about your players missing out

Posted by Pacelikefire_Samrat on (September 18, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Really hilarious!A guy whose place in the team is not certain,talking about the performance of our bowlers.I cant imagine Dhoni's manic obsession to play Harbhajan.This is clearly affecting the team's composition.I was amazed when he was picked for the world cup.Even Harbhajan woudnt have imagined that he wud make the playing 11,but he did!Maybe in the next match,Dhoni would drop Ashwin and play Harbhajan stating that Ashwin is the reason for the dip in Harbhajan;s performances!Maybe suddenly his fav Jadeja wud be selected out of nowhere.Mr.Dhoni would back only those players loyal 2 him.Even in a big tournament like the w.c he is doing that.Given a chance,this is what Dhoni's team wud look like:1.Irfan 2.Rohit Sharma 3.Kohli 4.Raina 5.Dhoni 6.Jadeja 7.Harbhajan 8.Chawla 9.Sreesanth 10.Ishant 11.Praveen Kumar.What a winning combination.lol.

Posted by TeamIndiaAlwaysRocks on (September 18, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

I see a lot of comments about India's weak bowling..but I would like to question the ability of pakistan's bowling attack supposed to the best in the world for conceding 185 runs and taking only 3 wickets..always remember my friends that the one who laughs last,laughs the longest..All the best team India.

Posted by ajay24x7cricket on (September 18, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Guys, selection of indian squad have always been complicated, i wonder why praveen kumar hasnt been given a chance? where is Ashish Nehra ? No warm up for Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj has been given batting for just 5 balls, Kohli is whacking the ball like anything, he is in form of his life, yuvraj shd have been sent up Kohli so cud practise, isnt this the point of warm up matches ?

Posted by SudharsanVM on (September 18, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Thank God, Rohit didnt say that the bowlers were bowling very well in nets, as said by Gambhir two months ago, when Sharma was in poor form.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 18, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

@hrsht17 on (September 18 2012, 08:09 AM GMT)..Everyone accepts that Zaheer is great bowler, but now he is not delivering. From many tours. So, how do you feel Zaheer is reliable in T20's?? Don't just say experience as factor or something. Where are the results??

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 18, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@satish619chandar on (September 18 2012, 04:49 AM GMT)...Hi Satish..why do you think Zaheer is choice in playing 11 even after repeated failures?? He is failing from many tours, even in SL tour he bowled badly. So, why don't you think it's time we try Umesh?? Zaheer is neither economical too to say that Umesh is expensive so should not be taken. And Umesh can bend his back and extract that extra bounce which SL pitches are giving. Even Umesh can fire in pace and slow deliveries. So, why Zaheer again??

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

OOOPS. What was his total tournament score of the last tour to SRILANKA. between 10-15 in 5 matches? He shold backed himself than backing up that pathetic bowling unit

Posted by hrsht17 on (September 18, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Did someone say that Yadav should replace Zak???????? what the hell do you know about cricket?Zaheer is the best india have and undoubtedly he is the best left hand fast bowler in the world.Did you see our fielding in this match.they are leaving the ball directly coming in their hands and giving away runs.That's why we lost the match.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 18, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark : Unfortunately, no more Umesh Yadav for WCT20. We need either Balaji or Zak to fill in the third seamer. the choice is between Zak/Balaji/Bhajji/Chawla. On paper, Zak looks the best to fit in above others.

Posted by drnaveed on (September 18, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

rohit sharma backing up this Indian ordinary bowling line up ,its a good sign for their match rivals in this tournament ...........

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 18, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Knowing Dhoni, there will be a 7+4 lineup only. Zak(He will get it on reputation and experience), Pathan and Ashwin will play for sure and the remaining slot has three not so good options in Dinda, Balaji and Bhajji. Dinda might get the nod not because he is good enough but the other two are very bad. Batters picks themselves. Rohit will get the nod as he had decent warmup games and should make it count in the big games. So the 11 would be, Viru, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Zak, Dinda.

Posted by drnaveed on (September 18, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

rohit sharma backing up this Indian ordinary bowling line up ,its a good sign for their match rivals in this tournament ...........

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 18, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Completely untested Balaji getting the nod was a surprise to everyone. May be, even to Balaji itself. He looks very much unfit. Was it because of Srikanth or Gambhir's feedback from KKR not sure but i seriously hope Balaji dont get any game aor prove me wrong if he gets one. Dinda looks more fit and aggressive than Balaji and he should be the third seamer. Zak should bowl out before the end. May be, 3 in first 6 and the 13th over should be his. Use him when left handers are batting. He is not as good in the end overs. No yorkers is a worrying sign.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 18, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Hey guys, why should Indian bowling not be fearsome like other good bowlers?? We have talent and bench strength is also okay. I saw Dinda bowling yorkers against SL in SL tour and Umesh bowling great speed. In T20 you cannot guarantee any bowler fate but at least make sure that our strength in bowling is good when going onto field. Dinda should replace Zaheer and My team for Afghan match is: Sehwag, Gambhir, Rohit,Yuvraj, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Dinda, Umesh. We can use Balaji in next game but Zaheer need to be kept out. Harbhajan too. If Dhoni wants to go with 7+4, this is best i feel.

Posted by ajayrcs on (September 18, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

He himself is not good enough.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

Wow!! coming from a guy who can never be "backed" to score I so believe in him

Posted by crindo77 on (September 18, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Although anyone can be carted all over the park in t20,Indian bowling is ALWAYS weak; thats why India are where they are in Tests. All of India's significant Test victories outside the subcontinent have been because of isolated good bowling performances. Like Ishant/Pathan in Australia in 2007-8, Zak in England in 2007, Sreesanth in SA IN 2007/2011. India have managed to squeeze sides out in the past, when the batters posted ok scores, like the WC SF against Pak, but in the same WC, SA won chasing a huge score, 290+ and England nearly did the same. On ggod batting tracks Indian bowling is and has always been helpless. As for Rohit Sharma addressing the media, its in the tradition of R Ashwin addressing the press when the team were getting slaughtered in Oz. Another one of MS Dhoni's idiosyncratic team buidling exercises. As for Zak, his bowling form ahead of the England tour is worrying; its fairly obvious that he has been struggling for some time, and the end may not be too far off.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

I still can't understand this guy is backing whole bowling unit. 1 good innings in a Warm up match out of bag full of single digit innings for the past years. Before mentioning about bowlers he needs to prove his batting for (at least) 5 innings. However it's good lesson for India to learn their mistakes before the tournament. Hope India wins this T20 Cup. :-)

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

Indian batting didnt win either against the feeble NZ side while chasing a low total in there own country, so how can you say that indian batting is damn strong to chase down any total. Yup bowling is one of the most weakest link, and i doubt even Afghans will give them tough time too.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

Basically Rohit sharma telling Indian bowlers live up to expectations at least against Afghanistan and try to defend 200 runs!! lolx

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

Gambhir is out of form and Sehwag less said the better...time to cut some of these old guys out....HS is not ready for big time...he is not comparable to Ashwin or Ojha on current form

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

come on guys, should appreciate overall good batting from both sides... with the excellence of Kami. Indian bowlers did not bowl poorly compared to their opponents who bowled nearly 2 extra overs of juicy full tosses, beamers, wides and what not. Short pitch deliveries from Afridi and nice height full tosses from Sami & Sohail Tanvir were seducing for Kohli & Rohit. In fact Indian bowlers were not that bad as the mentioned ones from Pakistani team.

Posted by AnoMaLy on (September 17, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Team Ind is missing Munaf Patel, Praveen Kuma, Ojha and maybe Yadav - Ind selectors have got it horribly wrong.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (September 17, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

MR.PUROHIT, I DO HOPE YOU MODERATE AND POST MY COMMENT. I AM NOT TOO GOOD WITH ESPN EDITOR ASSISTANT. YOU SOUND LIKE SOME ONE I KNOW. I THINK PAKISTAN WILL WIN THE SERIES BEFORE IT STARTS. INDIA HAVE TOO MANY SENIORS IN THEIR SIDE. THE OPENING DUO HAVE NOT SHOW A DECENT SCORE SO FAR. FOR INDIA THEY HAVE 10 BATSMEN ON THE SIDE, THEY HAVE TO MAKE 300 RUNS TO GET A GOOD GAME. WHICH IS 15 RUNS PER OVER. THEY HAVE THE PEOPLE TO "LASH THE BALL". THEY HAVE'NT A CHANCE AGAINST PAKISTAN, IF THEY COME AGAINST EACH OTHER. PAKISTAN ACCORDINGLY HAVE YOUTH .AMJAL AND HAFEEZ ARE YOUNG PLAYERS AND THE BEST IN THE FIELD. I THINK ROHIT TALKED TOO EARLY. HE WAS NOT GETTING RUNS. I THINK DHONI WILL HANDLE THE TEAM WELL. S.N.SINGH USA

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

i am sure India would win the cup. And all the best.

Posted by AnoMaLy on (September 17, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

@Rawfun Elahe Rose - How come the SL batsmen failed then? Wish them all the best coz they will need it if they face Ind

Posted by AnoMaLy on (September 17, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

@Mayan Priyadarshana - SL fans should start praying SL doesn't face Ind

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (September 17, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

If India selectors continue to select the two Ji's - Bha and Bala - our chances to win are stuffed. It will be a Naa-Ji for a win, not a Haan-Ji!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Its pay back time for Rohit . Rohit will back the bowlers when they fare poorly and vice versa :)

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

guys in my opinion I think bowling on both sides was well below par.. Afridi looked pretty rusty, Sami is definitely not a T20 bowler. Pak bowlers kept giving juicy deliveries on leg stump which got the two young batsman in rythem. It was good that Pak got a good exposure for run chase in a warm up game I am sure that should give them enough boost to go to the semi's. They still need to adjust the order. For India I think batting went just fine I think bowling needs to be lifted. Overall a good warm up game for both the teams - I think both the teams will do the proper adjustments..

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

team blue rocks well u said joke of the day they are hiding their tricks for the tournament man i knw every one knws how importnt match was it today for indians and pakistanis and i knw india try hard to win it but unfortunetly their bowling attaack cant be match with afghanistan bowlers i bet if if india wanaawin matches then defeinetly they must post above 150 in every match elsee no chacne for indian team anyways great start by pakistan and Insha Allah we will play well the rest of the tournament and win it InshaAllah God Bless Pakistan

Posted by Hommi on (September 17, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

@TeamBlueRocks seriously? i can't believe that someone would say something like this.. i mean like seriously? a bowler won't show his variety so that the batsmen cannot work on it..:D this sounds ridiculous, don't you think? i think Indians focus too much on IPL performances.. IPL might bring fun and entertainment but its standard are very low.. never judge a bowler by his IPL/ SLPL performance.. examples are Imran Nazir, Balaji etc they are bunch of garbage.. India should get rid of Balaji and bring in a better bowler.. PAtel might be a better option..

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 17, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

NO ROHIT no use hiding the fact that we do not have bowlers who can win us matches.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (September 17, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

@Rawfun Elahe Rose -- Even if the Indian batsmen have a "bad day" they will still have scored centuries dear :-)

Posted by wablo55 on (September 17, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

I'm a bit worried about Balaji and Bhaji, the two jis :-) Balaji looks like he lacks pace and was atrocious in the field; Bhaji is once again choosing bewildering lines and is failing to obtain appreciable spin on relatively helpful tracks. I would like to see Yadav have a chance - even if it is just to mix up the seam attack with some pace - as I think the likes of Eng/SA will happily tuck into Balaji. The two-pronged left-arm opening attack could yet prove to be successful as I can think of a few teams who may not enjoy playing against that (SA/SL). However if Bhaji is to continue justifying his place ahead of the likes of Ojha he needs to start taking wickets and spinning the ball on helpful wickets.

Posted by Sanawana on (September 17, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

If pakistan is bowling first, Ajmal should be bowling in the middle overs to take wickets, Rohit could have been cut short and Indians would be under pressure; I dont know why do we have to keep Ajmal for the last overs every time? some balls were pretty ordinary by pakistani bowlers, especially the few on leg stump and afridi's short balls really suck, we are missing one fast left armer (junaid)... If India were to win, the second last over should have been bowled by Khan. Get rid of Harbhajan and either khan or pathan should be picked (not both) but who will bowl then?? oh yes?? just subtract bhajji who also sound like balaji! so both should go!! naaa just kidding...and one of Indian is not a cricketer....no he's not bhajji.. He's a run machine.... He's Kohli.. man what an exciting player he is??? But I also liked the nice and easy approach of Malik... He's one of the best Chaser..

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

india needs some serious work on their bowling..where is praveen kumar?

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

oh now look at him ..he plays 1 good innings in a warm up match outta flops in previous 20 matches n starts speaking abu the teams bowling performance .. bowlers had 1 off day were as u hav been havin off days since 2007 wen u started playing for india.. ur not gonna get dropped no matter u perform n score runs or not so atleast field well n help the team in tat manner

Posted by saikrish246 on (September 17, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

indias bowling was not so good but we have strong batting than any country,so we can win this cup

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

INDIAN BOWLING TODAY WAS BELOW PAR.I HOPE IT WAS ONE OFF THING.IN THE LAST T20 W.CUP INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN IN WARM UP BUT LOST ALL MATCHES IN SUPER8s.I AM SURE TREND WILL REVERSE THIS TIME AROUND.BUT BOWLING NEEDS TO BE SHARP.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

its gonna be tough for indians, batting second in every match is the only hope,

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Harbajan, I pity him. You can see the clear difference now between Ashwin and Harbajan. Topping that, Oh this guy has loads of attitude.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

I agree with Rawfun....If indians have a bad day in Batting the Afghan boys are going to smash them.

Posted by tomk_1977 on (September 17, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Wow..Rohit sharma is backing the bowling unit... I guess now everything is fine..Until this point I was really tense !!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Guys..I think you people you are forgetting history...Well India has just lost a warm up match against Pakistan...but don't you know that we Indians have also beaten them in all World Cup matches irrespective of whether we had good bowlers or batsman....So guys don't panic...just chill....let them enjoy a win in WC warm up match but if we face them in WC match...we are going to steal the show...Cheers!!!

Posted by Anandsadvice on (September 17, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

My advice to the bowlers

Irfan needs to focus only on the dot balls his line is not consistant and sometimes i feel he starts to bowl to many shot balls (weeklink in your bowling) Irfan my advice to you is if you are bowling shot balls try to add a slower shot ball it will get you wickets trust me. Zahir needs more variations and accuracy like before during the prev. world cup. Harbajan has loads of experince under his belt I think he needs to back his instint and play his natuarl game of being a wicket taker. Ashwin is doing good and needs to continue in the same manner with out tring to many new variations and stick to the same line like today. Balaji is a very clever bowler but I think today was not his day come on Bala wake up you are playing the world cup for God's sake show you need to show you belong to the team for a longer duration. Partiv needs to be tried some time in the series.

Posted by GreatLCC on (September 17, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Hmmm, I doubt the 'off day' can apply to all the bowlers. But Anyways, the tournament hasn't really began yet. So there is more to come.

Posted by Anandsadvice on (September 17, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

I think India played well today but the bowling needs serious thinking bowlers need to access their line and lenght to get the dot ball in very quickly before it gets too late. This match was a warning signal for the bowlers they need to bowl as a unit and have more variations under their belt because unltimatley the team with an alround show in both the departments will win the cup.

Positives is Rohit and Virat again he is a gem I tell you he plays in any situation and 90 percent success rate. Our batting was really good for the first 15 overs and then it kind of slowed down there was $200 on the board they way we played the first 15 anyways $185 was a great total to defend.

I think the problem with i could see in our bowling department was once Zahir Khan got trashed the other bowlers begin to loose confidence. I think if one bowler is taken to the cleaners the other bowler in tandum should maintian the run rate with dot balls it cannot be runs from both ends.

Posted by Nabilk86 on (September 17, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

India need to make at least 250 runs to win according to the bowling attck they have... even teenagers kids in Pakistan could bowl faster than indian fast bowlers... balaji ... what sort of bowler he is? useless....

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (September 17, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

People are reading too much into the bowling failure. It is not a great fearsome attack but it is not as bad as it seemed today .India can defend 180 almost 9 out of 10 times. Besides one got the feeling Balaji and Irfan were not really trying , perhaps they did not want to give their variations away. Balajis variations in IPL were quite a few and better players than Kamran Akmal had difficulty picking them. I am sure he did not want to give away his back of tricks in a warm up game. Having said that anything below 150 and Indian bowlers will not be able to defend it , barring an extraordinary performance by someone when one leasts expects it.

Posted by wolf777 on (September 17, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

No point in backing Nohit...he can't perform when things count....

Posted by cricfan8 on (September 17, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Is it a case of one failure supporting others. Too many come backs in this Team India. Rohit, Irfan, Balaji, Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Chawla. 6 out of a 15 squad. Is it really the come back season or has the selector neglected other worthy players? We would be better off having a couple of debutants - a surprise element than bringing back old horses whom the opponents know well - as failures.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

India has the weakest bowling attack among all the participating teams. If their batsmen have a bad day, they will just lose against Afghanistan too.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 17, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

How is Harbhajan selection justified???

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 17, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Rohit be true when you defend your bowlers. Was it off day, really?? I think selection of some of bowlers in playing 11 is not at all justified. First of all Zaheer....Rohit, can you tell you me, what is criteria for Zaheer selection?? He is bowling poor and fitness standards are also poor. So, are you expecting Indians to support him when we can afford other bowler who are just wasted by making them to sit on bench? Let me know our Captain Dhoni that most of Indians are not happy with Zaheer from many tours and should replace him.

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